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Children's Home - Education - Cambodia

  • Support the education of around 40 young children at a Children’s Home
  • Teach English and lead educational games to build their confidence
  • Inspire a passion for education can be the key to breaking the poverty cycle
  • Experience life off the beaten track in rural Cambodia
 
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Location Kampong Speu Province, 2 hours south west of Phnom Penh
Start dates The first and third Monday of each month
Duration 4 - 12 weeks (can be extended)
Age requirement 18 +
Availability Spaces available
Cost From £875 / €1130 / $1390 - see fees table below

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers are involved in leading education activities on site at the Children's Home with children aged 2-16, including kindergarten games and activities and informal after-school English lessons. 

The English lessons are split into two afternoon sessions; Primary and Secondary level students. These informal, volunteer-led lessons supplement the children’s' state education. Typical activities could include:

  • English learning; vocab, phrases, verbal and listening practice
  • Maths activities and games
  • Games or crafts activities
  • Any other specialist subjects you are interested in e.g. music, cookery or vocational skills such as sewing

Kindergarten is for children aged 2-5 however the session is also available for the children at the home with special needs. A typical session could involve:

  • Educational activities and early learning such as phonics and numbers
  • Creative activities; drawing, painting, colouring, crafts
  • Supervised play time
  • TV / DVD time

Both activities are generally volunteer-led and so we ask that you are proactive and independent and willing to lead in lessons and activities. 

There are normally 1-3 volunteers on the Education role with a maximum of 4, Farming and Nursery Care volunteers are also based at the same location. Volunteers work for 5 days a week; Monday to Friday.

Hear from past Cambodia Children's Home Education volunteers

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Cambodia Volunteering reviews.

 

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How is the Cambodia Education project making a difference?

The Children’s Home currently cares for around 40 children aged 0-17, many of whom have disabilities.

The children all attend local state school however the schooling in rural Cambodia can be of poor quality, particularly in English language. The onsite classroom gives the children a fun environment to learn after their school day ends and volunteer-led classes are open to everyone, including children from the local village.

Due to their tough start in life, many of the children in Nursery are behind developmentally in their gross and fine motor skills and in some cases also with their speech. Volunteer-led Kindergarten sessions allow them to develop and practice these skills in a safe environment whilst also giving their nannies a rest for an hour.

Why are volunteers needed?

Neither the English lessons nor Kindergarten sessions are able to take place without the support of volunteers. The Children’s Home has a dedicated team of local staff but they are often over-stretched with daily care tasks. Whilst they remain the long term support for children they are often unable to dedicate time to fun games or lessons.

By volunteering at the Children's Home and contributing your time to the Education role you are able to create fun activities for the children to ensure their free time is used productively and engage them in a positive learning environment.

Child and vulnerable adult protection

Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.

Where will I be living?

You will live on site at the Children’s Home in a beautiful tropical region of Kampong Speu Province.

Volunteers live in a basic bunk-bed dormitory within the Children’s Home; accommodation is basic but clean with mosquito nets and fans. In the volunteer accommodation there are cold water bucket dip showers and a western-style toilet (bucket-flush). There is also a small kitchen area in the accommodation.

There is no wireless internet connection on site but there is a basic connection in the local village. Volunteers can get phone signal on site.

Life in Cambodia is generally slow-paced and so the evenings are very quiet and relaxed. Volunteers can spend their free time reading a book, exploring the local market or visiting Kirirom National Park.

 

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What's included

Before you go On your placement
  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Becky is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod
  • Childcare and teaching volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Phnom Penh) and transfer
  • Accommodation - a basic shared room
  • Food - lunch & dinner
  • Induction
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by email and phone
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Crisis management plans and insurance
On your return
  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod volunteer fees

Pod is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity - for more details click here.

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4 weeks £875 €1130 $1390 $1630
Extra weeks £105 €135 $165 $195

Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP.  For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

 
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We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information

 

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Becky in the Pod UK team has visited this project and is the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!

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